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I usually post on the "Back Problems" board but occasionally look in here.
I would suggest that you need to see a spine specialist. All other doctors know a little bit about the workings of the spine, but if something is not blatantly obvious, things can be missed and the patient can waste a lot of time wondering what is wrong. I wasted over a year in pain by listening to my well-meaning internist....

You need to look for a fellowship-trained orthopedic SPINE surgeon or a neurosurgeon -- just be sure the practice is limited to the neck and back. (You don't want a general ortho who works on other joints, and you don't want a neurosurgeon who prefers brain surgery....)

It sounds like you have some nerve compression --either cervical or lumbar. There are things that can cause this that are not clearly seen on MRI.
EMGs are only a snapshot in time and are not a reliable test to completely rule in or rule out nerve compression. It is just one piece of the puzzle.

I am not from CA but do know that Cedars-Sinai has a well-regarded spine program with both ortho spine surgeons and neurosurgeons, as well as physiatrists and interventional pain management doctors.

You may have to hunt for awhile to find answers. Don't be discouraged...but do get attention from a spine specialist as soon as you can get an appointment. If you should suddenly develop loss of bowel or bladder control, or develop sudden muscle weakness like foot drop, go to the ER right away. Those are potential symptoms of a serious condition called "Cauda Equina Syndrome."

Good luck.

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